He thought it was his Thanksgiving dream come true. When Manny Ramirez read in the morning paper that a Ramirez would be among the players traded to the Florida Marlins, he ran out into the streets of Boston in his pajamas and began dancing for joy, while singing "Happy Days are Here Again" in Spanish. Moments later he put his condo on the market. Red Sox officials, alerted to the situation, quickly sent representatives over to quietly inform Manny that he was not involved in the trade.
“I can’t believe it,” said a sobbing Manny. “I thought I was on my way to Florida, where it’s warm and nobody cares about baseball so they leave you alone, you know? And to play on the west coast, it’s my dream come true! Then, the bad news, man. I was so sad. I just spent Thanksgiving in my room watching cartoons and eating popsicles.” Ramirez was then asked how he could have thought he was traded when the reports clearly indicated it was Hanley Ramirez. “I don’t know, man, I just thought they spelled my name wrong. Even I do that sometimes, so it’s an honest mistake. Plus, I didn’t really read the article.”
Initially, there appeared to be a bright side to the whole unfortunate incident. “You know,” said a smiling Manny Ramirez , “I was pretty touched by the whole thing. I mean, think of it, they realized they had two guys named Ramirez, and they trade the other guy. They like me, man, they really like me. Now, no doubt about it, I want to spend the rest of my career in Boston. Take the condo off the market, dude.” Suddenly, Ramirez broke into song: "Well, I love that...um, something something...Boston, you're my home!"
Early the next morning, Ramirez called the Red Sox front office to once again state his demand to be traded as soon as possible.